This is a very easy game to pick up, especially if you’re already familiar with any Rummy style games (Mille, Rummy 500, Gin Rummy, Contract Rummy, etc). It’s all about receiving cards of matching ranks (sets) and suited sequences (runs).
A game begins with the placement of an Ante bet. The dealer will then deal three cards to you (the player), and to himself. Your cards are dealt face up; the dealer’s face down.
Reading Your Hand
A hand’s value is determined by assigning points. Points are equal to a card’s pip value, with Aces being 1 and Face cards 10.
A hand of 5-8-K would score 23 points. But a high score is not a good thing. In fact, 30 is the worst possible hand you can have. It is the lowest score that wins; the best being 0.
Pairs & Sets: If your hand consists of two or three cards of matching rank (pair or three of a kind), the value of the matching cards drops to 0.
7♥-7♠-7♦ = 0
4♠-7♥-7♣ = 4
A♦-3♣-3♥ = 1
Suited Runs: If your hand consists of two or three cards of the same suit, and in sequence, the value of those cards drops to 0.
6♥-7♥-8♥ = 0
9♠-10♠-K♣ = 10
A♦-2♦-6♠ = 6
Fold or Play?
Based on your current hand, you must make a decision – to Fold or to Play. If you fold the hand, your Ante bet is lost and the game is over. If you choose to play, you must make a Play bet. A Play bet is a second bet, equal to the Ante (i.e. raise).
After choosing to play, the dealer will reveal his cards. The two hands are compared, determining all wins, losses and payouts.